FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I've never done this before? What should I expect?
It's going to be a lot less weird and scary than you might imagine. During our first visit together, we'll discuss:
- Your confidentiality, privacy and rights.
- Our relationship and policies.
- Why you're coming in for counseling, what you hope to get out of the experience, and how you'll know if it's working for you.
- Your likes, dislikes, experiences in the past, fears or concerns about therapy and anything else that might be on your mind.
- Any questions you might have for me about myself as a therapist, my experience, or the process as a whole.
Then, if we feel like it's a good fit, we look at our calendars and schedule regular visits. During some of the early visits, I'll share information with you that will be helpful during the long term. I'll also help you explore some of the areas that brought you in to counseling. We'll chat for 50-minutes at a time and, in the process, will develop a relationship that will help foster your success in making the changes you'd like to make. As we continue our relationship, we'll know one another a lot better and everything will be more comfortable and seamless.
Do you offer an initial consultation?
I do! I offer a free initial 50- minute session so that we can spend time together face-to-face. Counseling is a relationship-based process and I want to make sure that we are going to be a good fit for one another. While most people connect with my style of therapy, there may be a better fit for you out there. I want to make sure you're getting the best care possible, even if it's not with me.
After that, what is your fee?
Currently, my rate for counseling is $150 per 50-minute session. I also will see clients for 100-minute sessions at a prorated price. This rate is the same for individual or couples work, throughout the process. To help make sure this is a good fit before spending your hard-earned money, I offer a free initial visit to make sure we're compatible.
Those who are working with me on legal matters (i.e. Clinical evaluations for court cases, expert witness testimony, testifying on your behalf) are billed at a different rate. If this is relevant to the services you're searching for, please contact me so that we can discuss your case further.
Do you take my insurance?
I currently don't deal with any insurance directly. I am considered out-of-network for all providers. Now, that's not necessarily bad news for you if you insurance you're trying to use. I'm more than happy to provide superbills -- forms pre-filled out for you to send to your insurance company. Often times, you can be reimbursed for our time together.
The one caveat is that I have occasionally worked with Crime Victims Compensation. If this is relevant to your current search for a therapist, please contact me; I'd love to chat.
Do I have to lay down on the couch?
You don't have to lay down on the couch but you wouldn't be the first person to do it. If you want to, go for it. Want to take your shoes off, bring a blanket, and a cup of coffee? Do it! I want you to be as comfortable as possible while we're together.